"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 359 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 241 are in the Fraser Health region, 52 are in the Vancouver Island Health region, 62 are in the Interior Health region and 11 are in the Northern Heath region".
Dr. Henry says she also has concerns about a possible spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
He also said the housing measures complement the $2,000 and $1,000 monthly payments already offered by the federal and provincial governments respectively to people who have lost income due to the pandemic.
"We are absolutely testing and contact tracing anybody for whom we don't know the source of their infection", she said.
"People are feeling a lot of fear and anxiety and they need to be able to depend on the comfort and stability of home right now".
She elaborated that after observing the impact of testing in other countries, provincial health authorities felt it was important to focus testing on cases transmitted in the community whose source is unknown.
"This is something that's required to protect people", she said.
Today's measures have been put in place to help renters with low to moderate incomes who are facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, but do not qualify for existing rental assistance programs.
The minister acknowledged the challenge of maintaining an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in B.C. right now.
The province is now conserving and micromanaging its existing PPE inventory, said Dix, while also taking steps to ensure that the right equipment is in place and prepared, and can be moved around quickly depending on the needs of healthcare workers.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, almost everything is closed.
He also said the decision to cancel all non-elective surgeries was one of the most hard choices B.C. had to make.
Henry said there is an order that all health care sector workers are to remain at only one facility for the duration of the pandemic. "It will be some time before we see the change we are all working towards, but what happens today matters in that change". "Today, and all the days and weeks ahead, we have to work as a whole society.All of us have to be all-in to do what we can to defeat (the coronavirus)".
Health Minister Adrian Dix said there are now almost 3,900 beds available in B.C.'s hospitals to accomodate an expected rise in COVID related illnesses.